IT programme back on track

architecture iconSolution Architecture for a global logistics company

Peru's commitment

Historically, Peru's client delivered IT change to the business without a Solution Architecture function, resulting in varying degrees of quality and also higher than forecast project costs. This meant a Solution Architecture function needed to be established to regain control over IT system design.  This would ensure business demand and requirements could be fulfilled in the short-term, while a wider portfolio of change could be developed with clear and sustainable priorities set.

Peru committed to provide a solution architecture for the client's Road Networks, HR, Corporate Responsibility, Procurement and Fashion divisions.

The substance

Peru worked closely with both the business and IT teams to:

  • Identify the key business drivers, including functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Build a governance structure around end-to-end IT design.
  • Define a pipeline of work.
  • Define application, data and infrastructure architecture blueprints to support business change.
  • Manage the expectation of key stakeholder groups.
  • Define key areas of improvements within core systems to improve stability and capacity.
  • Evaluate packaged applications, cloud services and in-house developed solutions.

Having completed this work, Peru was able to provide:

  • Solutions Options papers to evaluate different approaches to meet specific business demand, with indicative costs and timescales for each.
  • High level and end-to-end designs defining IT change to support the business, covering applications, data and infrastructure.
  • Assessment of the IT impact of centralising or outsourcing some key business processes.
  • Identification of “hot spots” within core systems, together with a plan to resolve them in the short-term.

The outcomes

The end result for the client was a better understanding of the cost of IT change with a credible, independent assessment of possible solutions to support business demand.  Once a solution had been agreed it could be clearly defined before moving to implementation and, once in place, could be effectively governed to ensure standards were adopted and met on a sustainable basis.


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